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Prague Obecni Dum - Municipal House
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© Christine Till - CT-Graphics
One of the best aspects of Prague is the mix of monuments and buildings from different times.
One hundred years have passed since January 5, 1912 when the most stunning Prague Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) building, the Municipal House (Czech: Obecní dům) was opened to the public for the first time. Despite its dull-sounding name it is Prague's most prominent Art Nouveau building, an important building in the architectural and political history of the Czech Republic. The most significant Czech painters and sculptors of the time participated in the decoration of this exquisite confection of Art Nouveau design.
On 28 October 1918, the Czechoslovakian Republic was proclaimed here, and in November 1989 the first key negotiation meetings between the Communist regime party and the Obcanske forum party, led by Vaclav Havel, took place in Prague's Municipal House salons.
Above the main entrance is a huge mosaic - "Homage to Prague" by Karel Spillar. Inside the building is the Smetana Hall – the biggest concert hall in Prague with a superior acoustic -, a number of smaller halls, conference rooms and offices, and cafes and restaurants to relax and enjoy the rich inner decoration. Immerse yourself in the glamour of past times! The unique atmosphere of the golden age of Art Nouveau is quite an experience.
May 1st, 2012
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